A police chief fired for brutality, tries to get evidence on a man suspected of killing 3 police detectives.

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Chief Joe Conroy
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Marianna
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Al Willis
Marcia Henderson ...
Helen Willis
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Det. Lt. Fred Parks (as Casey Adams)
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Petey
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Capt. Owen Kincaide
Don Haggerty ...
Matt Matthews
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Chief A.S. Babcock
Don Garrett ...
Tony
Richard Beach ...
Felix
Tol Avery ...
Irish
Paul Levitt ...
Gerald Frazier
Fay Roope ...
Commissioner F.J. O'Day
Joseph Mell ...
Otto Stoltz
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Questioned as a murder suspect, solid (but drunk) citizen Al Willis attacks his police questioners, is beaten, and swears vengeance against them. Next night, Lieut. Parks is murdered; Willis is the only suspect in the eyes of tough Chief Conroy, who pursues him doggedly despite lack of evidence. The obsessed Conroy is dismissed from the force, but continues to harass Willis, who flees to a sleazy town on the Mexican border. Of course, Conroy follows. But which is crazy, Conroy or Willis? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The story of a love with the law at its heels! See more »

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14 January 1955 (Belgium)  »

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Cry Copper  »

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When Joe phones Matt from Border City, he makes it a collect call. But when Matt answers, they begin speaking immediately, without the operator first asking if he would accept the charges. See more »

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Chief Joe Conroy: Are you in the habit of hauling in cut-up strangers?
Marianna: Yeah. It's a hobby with me.
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ACE IN THE HOLE
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Gloria Grahame (dubbed by Jo Ann Greer) (uncredited)
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Tough and entertaining...with absolutely nothing naked in the entire film!
13 December 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The title "Naked Alibi" is a very strange one, as back in the day you'd never see naked people in mainstream Hollywood films and there is nothing naked whatsoever in the movie. Don't let that stop you from watching it, as it's an excellent and gritty film noir story.

When the film begins, police captain Joe Conroy (Sterling Hayden) is investigating a case where a lieutenant was brutally murdered. He thinks Al Willis (Gene Barry) is responsible--after all, he's a HUGE hot-head and he had a grudge against this dead cop. Soon, two more cops are brutally murdered and Willis appears to be the likely suspect. But, when Conroy is fired for police brutality, he's determined to follow Willis into Mexico and prove he's a psycho killer. However, he's no longer a cop and has no jurisdiction...and Willis has a gang waiting for him. All Conroy has is a dame (Gloria Graham) and her kid!

The film works well because Sterling Hayden (as usual) is excellent in these sorts of tough-guy roles. Additionally, Barry is very good as a scum-bag and the script keeps you on edge. Not a great film but certainly a good one worth your time.


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